Author Archives: Negative Eddy

About Negative Eddy

Professional Geek - I work for Microsoft

Deploying a Virtual Assistant on the cheap

The Virtual Assistant Solution (VA) brings together all of the supporting components and greatly simplifies the creation of a new bot project including: basic conversational intents, Dispatch integration, QnA Maker, Application Insights and an automated deployment. Since it is designed … Continue reading

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You’ve got a little bot in your Blazor there

Since Blazor is now officially not-experimental (meaning it is now officially in preview) I figured I’d try to mix it in with my other favorite thing right now… Bots! (For those of you unfamiliar with Blazor, the short description is … Continue reading

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Raw threads and async lambdas

Using async methods/lambdas where they are not expected causes unexpected problems. The typical example I discuss with people is TaskFactory.StartNew() because its an easy way to create Tasks and some people reach for that instead of Task.Run(), but I recently … Continue reading

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Quick dev directory cleanup tip

[Crosspost from my MSDN blog] When cleaning up drive space, the first thing I do is remove the ‘obj’, ‘bin’, and ‘packages’ directories from my development directories. They are temporary and will be rebuilt the next time I build the … Continue reading

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C# Zork running on Ubuntu

So I’ve finally got my VSTS builds running on Ubuntu (and Windows). I haven’t installed Linux on a PC in well over a decade but it has come a long way in that time. Installed Ubuntu 16.04 on HyperV on … Continue reading

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Using C# to build 35 year old tech is fun

I’ve always been a fan of Zork. If you’ve been playing games awhile (and I mean a whiiiile) then you probably are too. For those of you who aren’t familiar with it, its the original text adventure game. No graphics. … Continue reading

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Do you have a Twinkie?

I want to be this guy. This guy who was behind us in line at the grocery store. …I’m standing there while the cashier rings up my cart, and I notice the guy behind me standing innocently doing nothing. Then … Continue reading

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